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Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox
Originally the Boston Americans, founded in 1901, the Red Sox won the first World Series in 1903. Playing its games from 1912 to the present at tiny and quirky Fenway Park, with its 37-foot high wall in left field called "The Green Monster" and other unique features, the Red Sox are woven deeply into the fabric of New England, the capital of a fandom referred to as "Red Sox Nation," because of its widespread reach. From 1978-2003, the Red Sox's decades-long inability to win the World Series -- often at the hands of the New York Yankees, often in improbable and heartbreaking ways -- became the primary identity of the franchise, summed up as "The Curse of the Bambino," a reference to the sale... Show more »
Originally the Boston Americans, founded in 1901, the Red Sox won the first World Series in 1903. Playing its games from 1912 to the present at tiny and quirky Fenway Park, with its 37-foot high wall in left field called "The Green Monster" and other unique features, the Red Sox are woven deeply into the fabric of New England, the capital of a fandom referred to as "Red Sox Nation," because of its widespread reach. From 1978-2003, the Red Sox's decades-long inability to win the World Series -- often at the hands of the New York Yankees, often in improbable and heartbreaking ways -- became the primary identity of the franchise, summed up as "The Curse of the Bambino," a reference to the sale of Babe Ruth to the New York club. But the fortunes of the franchise changed in stunning fashion in 2004. Again facing the Yankees in the ALCS, the Red Sox lost the first three games, losing Game 3 at Fenway 19-8. But in the ninth inning of Game 4, Dave Roberts stole second base off closer Mariano Rivera, then scored the tying run. David Ortiz got the first of two straight walk-off hits in the 12th inning with a two-run homer. He repeated the feat later that same day in Game 5 with a single in the 14th inning. In Game 6, Curt Schilling pitched with a sutured right ankle, blood oozing through his sock, but earned the victory, forcing a Game 7 that the Red Sox won easily. It was the first time in baseball history a team won a series after trailing 0-3. The Red Sox then swept St. Louis in the World Series, its first title in 86 years. The Red Sox would win again in 2007, recovering from a 3-1 deficit to Cleveland in the ALCS, then sweeping Colorado for the title. « Show less

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  • Best Surprise Oriole

    OK, it’s not really a surprise that Darren O’Day is pitching well. But holy shit,a sub-1.00 ERA through the middle of August is fucking bonkers. Middle relievers rarely get all the credit, but O’Day has been crucial in the Orioles’ stellar 2014 campaign. He, Zach Britton, and Andrew Miller, acquired from the Boston Red Sox in a deadline trade, have been crucial in making up for the shortcomings of a starting rotation that doesn’t go deep into games. It’s often up to the submariner to hold a tight lead or keep the O’s in a close game, and he’s succeeded at both.
  • The Undercard

    Being in first place doesn’t feel as good as it should. As it stands Monday morning, the Orioles lead the American League East by seven games over the Yankees, with the Blue Jays a half a game behind them. Prior to losing two out of three to the...

    The Orioles will be fine without Chris Davis

    The Orioles will be fine without Chris Davis
    Today it was announced that Orioles first baseman Chris Davis would serve a 25-game suspension after testing positive for amphetamines. The suspension would extend into the posteason, which the Orioles figure to be a big part of as they march toward an...

    WILD PITCH

    WILD PITCH
    Baseball has a pretty standard soundtrack. You’ve got “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” and, here in Baltimore, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” during the seventh-inning stretch....

    MINOR DETOUR

    MINOR DETOUR
    Among the joys of watching minor-league baseball in Maryland is that four of the Orioles’ minor-league teams—the Frederick Keys, the Delmarva Shorebirds (Salisbury), the Bowie Baysox, and the Aberdeen Ironbirds—play in such close...